Desert Island Jazz
Denise Perrier (2004)

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Remember the sultry voice that came on the late San Francisco radio station KJAZ every fifteen minutes or so saying, "Ooo, KJAZ"? That voice belongs to song stylist Denise Perrier, an actress, cabaret singer, and one of the premier Jazz vocalists in the Bay Area, and you can still hear it at the better clubs, restaurants, cabarets, and festivals around town.

Artistic integrity is the aspect of the sincerity you hear in Denise's singing. She does very little scat singing, if any. That kind of exhibitionism ("Look what I can do.") is foreign to her style. Denise wants you to feel the emotions a song can arouse. To do that at a live gig, she will open herself to her audience and invite them to participate in the ambience she's creating. She wants you to feel good about the one you're with, not marvel at her vocal prowess.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Pat Metheny Offramp Are You Going with Me? (ECM)
# 2 Shirley Horn Here's to Life Here's to Life (Verve Gitanes)
# 3 Etta Jones Etta Jones Sings Lady Day Them There Eyes (High Note)
# 4 George Cables Live at Maybeck, Vol. 35 Helen's Song (Concord)
# 5 Dizzy Gillespie Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac (Impulse)
# 6 Bill Henderson Complete Vee-Jay Recordings Vol. 1 It Never Entered My Mind (Koch)
# 7 Miles Davis with Gil Evans Sketches of Spain Concierto de Aranjuez (Columbia)
Book A dictionary
Luxury Item A case of Sky vodka
Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
Alt 1 George Cables By George N/A (Contemporary)
Alt 2 Billie Holiday Lady in Autumn: The Best of the Verve Years N/A (Verve)
Alt 3 Billie Holiday 16 Most Requested Songs N/A (Columbia)
Alt 4 Billie Holiday Lady in Satin N/A (Columbia)
Alt 5 Etta Jones The Best of Etta Jones: the Prestige Singles N/A (Prestige)
Alt 6 Etta Jones Fine and Mellow/Save Your Love for Me N/A (Muse)
Alt 7 Charlie Parker Charlie Parker with Strings: The Master Takes N/A (Verve)
Alt 8 Sarah Vaughan Live in Japan N/A (Mobile Fidelity)
Alt 9 Sarah Vaughan I Love Brazil N/A (Pablo)
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